Passage: Amos 7:1-15
Verse: Amos 7:8b (NIV 2011)
Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.”
A plumb line is defined, by Encarta, as a line to which a weight is attached to find the depth of water or to verify a true vertical alignment. A plumb line is often used as a guide, helping us to stay on the desired path. The Lord, our God, has set a plumb line for us. He does expect us to follow it. Our plumb line is defined for us in Jesus Christ. As we envision this plumb line, consider and reflect upon these questions.
- How deep have the roots of your relationship to the Lord grown since you first chose to believe in and follow Him?
- What can you do to feed the growth of the roots that connect you to the Lord?
- Is your will truly aligned with the will of the Lord or are there some changes that need to be made?
- What can you do to realign, tighten, or reinforce your alignment with the will of the Lord?
As we consider God’s Word and as we yield to the work of the Holy Spirit, may our knowledge, understanding, and ability to follow Jesus Christ increase. May we discover the plumb line set by the Lord as we read, study, and reflect upon the Scriptures. May we seek for our thoughts, behaviors, and deeds to be more aligned with that of the Lord’s. May we heed the warning of the prophet Amos, by remembering what the Lord said. He said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.” May we choose to act in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)